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President Trump Releases Farewell Video

President Trump has released a farewell video on his final full day in office. In it, he said he is praying for the incoming Biden administration to succeed to keep America safe and prosperous and says, “We extend our best wishes.” President Trump says as he leaves office, “I stand before you truly proud of what we have achieved together….

Supreme Court halts 2020 census for now

The U.S. Supreme Court has stopped the once-a-decade head count of every U.S. resident from continuing through the end of October. The court on Tuesday said the 2020 census should be stopped for now. The Trump administration argued that the head count needed to end immediately so the U.S. Census Bureau had enough time to crunch the numbers before a…

Special Election Set for House Seat

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Gov. Kay Ivey has scheduled a special election to replace a central Alabama legislator who announced she is resigning to take a position with the Trump administration. Rep. April Weaver of House District 49, consisting of Bibb, Chilton and Shelby counties, announced her resignation last week. Ivey said the primary election for the seat will be…

US Budget Deficit Totals $76.9 Billion in July

The federal government recorded a $76.9 billion deficit in July, with increased government spending and tax cuts keeping the country on track to record its biggest annual deficit in six years. The Treasury Department reports that in the first 10 months of this budget year, the deficit totaled $684 billion, up 20.8 percent from the same period last year. Revenues…

Judge’s Ruling Slows Plans For Medicaid Work Requirement

The Trump administration’s drive to wean poor people from government benefits by making them work has been slowed down by a federal judge. U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg framed a fundamental question: Are poverty programs meant to show tough love or to help the needy? Boasberg last week halted Kentucky’s first-in-the-nation experiment with Medicaid work requirements, ruling that the…

Trump Administration Weighing Drug Testing for Food Stamps

The Trump administration is considering a plan that would allow states to require mandatory drug testing for some food stamp recipients. If adopted, the plan would give a win to conservatives seeking to cut the safety net program. An administration official briefed on the plan says it would be narrowly targeted, applying mostly to people who are able-bodied, without dependents…

Tillerson out at State, to be replaced by CIA chief Pompeo

Rex Tillerson is out as secretary of state. President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday morning that he’s naming CIA director Mike Pompeo to replace Tillerson. Pompeo is to be replaced at CIA by Gina Haspel, Pompeo’s deputy at CIA. She would be the first woman in that role. Tillerson had just returned from a shortened trip to Africa hours before Trump’s…

Report: End Occupational License Fees

Small government group wants state to kill fees.

An Alabama think tank wants the state to stop charging license fees for some occupations.      The Alabama Police Institute is a group that lobbies for small government and says eliminating the fees would save thousands of Alabamians money. The Institute used to be called The Alabama Family Alliance. It has produced a report with the Manuel H. Johnson Center for…

California Judge Blocks Trump Order on Sanctuary City Money

President Donald Trump takes the cap off a pen before signing executive order for immigration actions to build border wall during a visit to the Homeland Security Department in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)A federal judge in San Francisco has blocked a Trump administration order to withhold funding from communities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration…